Historically, politics has revolved immensely around persuasive speeches. Some of the most influential political leaders have also been some of the best speakers. This is far from a coincidence. Those with the power to influence others solely through their spoken words, are often idolized. In politics, up and coming leaders gain support by convincing others of their solutions to specific issues. You'd think that the most important aspect of these persuasive speeches would be logicality, however as proven throughout history, speeches incorporating pathos create a more dramatic response than those using logos. Arguably, Hitler's speeches contained no logicality and created one of the biggest uprisings in history.
Speech is a powerful tool that can be used to persuade, defend, communicate, manipulate, and more. Either the words being spoken, the tone and enthusiasm that they're spoken with, or both can be used to intrigue listeners. Politicians often use strategies to gain support of those who won't necessarily agree with the actual words being spoken. Poets, on the other hand, may convince readers without spoken word and simply through the elegance of their writing. Slam poetry, however, is arguably the most influential form of speech. When talented speakers convey powerful language, they seem to create the most impact. This blog will explore the influences of speeches in shaping history; specifically, the significance of poetry in bringing about change.
Questions being discussed in this blog...
What characteristics do persuasive speakers have? How has speech influence the course of history? How do politicians use speech to convey ideas and gain support? How has poetry been used to bring about change? Is speech a more powerful weapon than those that kill?